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Clean Air Vs. Dirty Hogs

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The common law of nuisance is the best defense against the costs Smithfield Foods has imposed on citizens.

Harvard’s Asian Exclusion

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 6, 2018

The University’s tortured defense of its treatment of a meritorious minority

When Courts Play Public Nuisance

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 30, 2018

A billion-dollar judgment against two companies for old, innocuous circulars. 

Kavanaugh And The “Chevron Doctrine”

by Michael McConnellvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 30, 2018

Expect this legal issue to come up during the confirmation hearings.

Regulatory Dark Matter

by Henry I. Miller, John Cohrssenvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Executive branch agencies like the FDA are abusing their power by issuing excessive rules and guidelines.

Progressives Come After Brett Kavanaugh

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 16, 2018

Overwrought liberal critics cast the judge as a right-wing ideologue.

Why Europe Gets No Respect

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The continent is ossifying into irrelevance.

Abortion, Compelled Speech, And The Supreme Court

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 9, 2018

The next Justice should safeguard religious liberty from government intervention.

Clearing Up Misconceptions About Health Savings Accounts

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Reformed HSAs represent a clear pathway to affordable, quality care for everyone.

Donald Trump’s Trade Travesty

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 2, 2018

Presidential hubris is no substitute for rational policy.


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